Could Lower Nurse Patient Ratios Reduce Hospital Acquired Infections?

Last week, Pennsylvania nurses marched to the state Capitol in support of legislation that would limit the number of patients a nurse could care for at one time in a hospital.  The proposed legislation would limit most hospital nurses to caring for four patients at the same time, though that number would be lower for nurses working in certain units, such as intensive care.

Nurses who favor the bill cite an important reason to support this bill that may be overlooked. The nurses are reported as claiming that a lower nurse to patient ratio could help reduce the number of hospital acquired infections. By caring for fewer patients, nurses would have more time to take the steps necessary to prevent such infections.

If you’ve suffered a hospital acquired infection, or if you’ve lost a loved one because of such an infection, then you may have the right to recover damages. Contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer today for more information.